Gucci is being sued for $10 million by a former Chicago store employee for sexual harassment by a store manager which was ignored and the company did nothing about it.
According to an article on WWD, Gucci is being sued for $10 million by a former Chicago store employee for sexual harassment by a store manager. The complaints were basically ignored and the company did nothing about it.
According to the complaint, which was filed on September 29th, a manager named “Byrne” began flirting with the former employee, Chanel Falasco, shortly after when began working there in Fall of 2014. The flirts included Byrne commenting on her “booty” and “ass” and referring to her as “Booty” while at work. The flirting also included “attempted kissing, groping, and grabbing Plaintiff’s head, neck, torso, and buttocks” in an elevator.
Falasco says she went to the store’s selling supervisor and complained about Byrne twice and was told to “brush him off”, “ignore it”, and “avoid working with him”.
A Gucci spokesman released a statement saying, “as a company policy we do not comment publicly on personnel-related matters.”
After these complaints, Falasco alleges that while she was looking for merchandise that a customer planned to pick up, Byrne exposed himself to her. Byrne was in the storeroom with Falasco because, as a company policy, only managers are allowed keys to the room and Byrne was the only manager working at the time.
Falasco said there was no Human Resources staff at the Chicago store and when she asked the company’s operations coordinator for corporate Human Resources contact information she was “balked” at.
Shortly after Byrne exposing himself in the showroom, Falasco received her annual performance review, which was led by Byrne and store manager Amy Hannaford. Byrne allegedly told Falasco that her review would’ve been more favorable had she gone along with his sexual proposition.
Byrne was then promoted at a Gucci store in Florida.
Falasco resigned in February 2016 and went to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission a month later with complaints of gender discrimination. The EEOC launched an investigation into the store and determined Falasco had been discriminated against due to her gender earlier this year in February. The EEOC attempted to resolve the issue with Gucci out of court but was unsuccessful. Falasco received the right to sue the brand in July.
Falasco is suing Gucci for over $10 million for claims of sexual harassment and negligence on the brand’s part.
It is currently not known if Byrne still works with Gucci, however, the brand posted a job listing for store manager at the Gucci store in Florida where been had been promoted.
As for if Falasco will win the lawsuit, we’ll just have to wait and see.
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